Pride of place in Poetry Ireland Review 131, edited by Colette Bryce, is given to two as-yet-unpublished poems from Eavan Boland's final collection, The Historians, along with ‘Remembering Eavan’, Jody Allen Randolph’s poignant tribute to the poet.
The issue also contains new work from Derek Mahon, Leontia Flynn, Harry Clifton, Dairena Ní Chinnéide, and Colm Tóibín, along with the emerging voices of Sree Sen, Nithy Kasa, Audrey Molloy, Padraig Regan, and many others.
Poem of the week
was massy and abundant and Michel professed it acted
as a barrier against contagion, citing the fact he never
once caught plague, as proof indisputable of its sublime
proficiency as microbe-barricade par excellence.
I think I’ll grow one
dense and luxuriant, a display that will erase all
question marks regarding the extent of my personal
virility and I will oil it. Oh I will oil its splendour into